I saw one of the best horror movies I've ever seen. Not necessarily the movie as a whole, but there's one segment therein that is so brilliant I am sharing it.
Obviously spoilers ahoy, but it really really is worth the look.
It's a segment in a movie called "V/H/S" called "Amateur Night" - and it's truly, truly, horrific. Describing it doesn't do the piece justice, it's worth watching.
V/H/S is a series that does portmanteau horror through "found footage" - either someone makes a documentary, or skateboarders put on GoPros or what have you. And in Amateur Night, a nebbish youth attached to two more outgoing frat boys is fitted with a set of spy-glasses that record video and audio, so if they get lucky he can record what they get up to.
They go out clubbing to various bars - it's your typical Jaegermeister and brewskis sort of affair with the three boys going from their hotel room out to various places. One picks up a good looking young woman, and the boy in the glasses (you see the whole scene from his vantage point because of the glasses) attracts the attention of a strange looking young woman with large eyes. (Author's note: the actress in question genuinely gets your attention even though you catch her in his fleeting glance.)
The party continues along the strip and the young woman follows. There's something slightly off about her body language, and she doesn't blink. She's slightly creepy and clearly very shy. She sits down at a small tree when they're all outside one bar and when the group's class clown goes to sit with her, she leaps up. She clearly finds him offputting, and attaches herself to the nebbish boy. She's clearly shy and works up the courage to tell him: "I like you."
In the car, she's sitting quietly in one corner while the other girl they've picked up points out vociferously SHE chose to go with THEM, they did not "score" with her.
It's clear they're going back to the motel: three boys, two girls. Cut to the hotel room, where the prettier girl is making out with one guy on one bed, the clown of the group is laughing on the couch, and the creepy girl is lying in the other bed, clearly waiting for the nebbish boy, who makes to the bathroom to look at himself in the mirror and get up the courage to participate in the whole affair.
The pretty girl passes out, and the guy is so drunk he continues to try to make out with her a while, but the others protest that she's passed out and it would NOT be cool to continue. He tries to wake her up, and then moves to make a move on the creepy girl, who seems compliant. He pulls off her dress revealing her to be totally naked underneath, and she looks questioningly at the guy in the glasses as he starts to make out with her, appealing to him somehow. She doesn't appear to mind, but she wants to include the guy she likes. She flips the guy over on top of her, and straddles him, pulling in the boy she likes to her, to kiss him with what appears to be a blackening tongue.
The nebbish boy gets some nerves and is clearly uncomfortable with how this is going, so he starts to pull away to steal away to the bathroom to rally himself. The guy on the couch starts to undress and she scowls and angrily hisses "NO!" at the target of her affections, hiking her head towards the couch. He leaves nonetheless repairs to the bathroom to regroup, at which point the jokester smashes his way into the bathroom past our hero, bleeding from his hand where she practically bit a chunk out of him.
Naked and angry, the guy charges back to yell at the girl, our hero in pursuit suggesting this isn't a good idea. However by this time the skin on her back is blackening as well, and as she turns to the camera we see her forehead has split open revealing a third eye, and fang-like teeth. As they run back to the bathroom in fear and lock themselves in they hear the piteous screams of the man underneath her being torn apart by her claws.
They decide to make a break for it, the boy in the glasses trying to slap the unconscious girl awake to take her with them. The guy whose hand is bitten tries to attack the increasingly non-human looking girl with a curtain rod and dies horribly for his efforts. The guy with the glasses flees, screaming in terror and asking anyone and everyone for help, but nobody is interested in getting involved.
The girl corners him in a hallway after he falls down some stairs, unable to walk. She reiterates that she likes him, and tries to make it up to him by fellating him. But he's terrified and she finally realizes he doesn't reciprocate her feelings. "No like?" she says, pityingly, and then metamorphoses into a batlike creature, which picks him up - the last images we see are him being pulled into the air, screaming, and then the glasses fall from his face briefly showing him in her talons as she flies away with him. The glasses smash to the parking lot asphalt. End scene.
There are several BRILLIANT points about this scene.
1) The boys are not seen as villains. Even though they're not exactly being that politically correct in going out and getting laid capturing it all on camera, they don't force themselves on anyone, and though they're loud and obnoxious - they're not portrayed as evil or deserving death as most of these kinds of scenes usually portray them as. When it's clear the girl has passed out, they cease immediately making out with her - noting that they inadvertently crossed a line.
2) The "dating gone wrong" story is usually a girl who picks up the wrong guy. This isn't just a "man bites dog" story - it's a recognition that a disastrous one-night stand type affair is as much a risk for one gender as the other.
3) The GIRL isn't a villain. And the actress? Her acting is fantastic. Even after she's torn a man to pieces, you can't help but feel sorry for her: she's fallen hard for the hero and she's deeply, deeply wounded by his rejection. It's a testament to the actress' skill that even made up to look like a horror show, when she turns away from him, crying, you actually feel for her even though there's a dude's blood all over her.
It's a horror in the grand scheme, and a tragedy writ large. Two totally dissimilar people meet, both trying to be something they're not, and the meeting of both worlds ends in heartbreak, terror, and gore.
Stories like this are absolute gems in a larger morass of dreck. Check it out if you're into that kind of thing. Wow.